Ah summer! It's the time to take a break, get out of town, cook on grills, whisk out bathing suits, and enjoy the wonderful sunshine. If you're planning to take an island getaway, this basic packing checklist will help you make the most out of your summer escapade.
An island escapade would mean nothing without hitting the beach, right? Show off your curves with the your favorite swimwear. Make sure to pack at least a couple of suits, because no one wants to put on wet, sandy swimsuits for different water activities. A sarong or a stretchy sundress are great cover-ups that can make you head out directly from the beach to some other activity.
Pack a variety of shoes because summer is all about fun. Aside from flip flops, bring sandals and sneakers, too. A comfortable pair of flip flops would be great for the beach or pool, while a trendy pair of sandals would be great if you plan to dress up and go out at night for some drinks. Planning to take a hike or play ball by the beach? Your sneakers would be your best friend.
Before forcing all your favorite garments into your suitcase, plan on what clothes to bring. Save on suitcase space by taking plenty of double-duty clothes.
For example, your sundress can work as a casual beach cover-up and overtime as a nighttime apparel with the proper accessories. A light denim jacket can keep you warm by the campfire and can also add flair to your outfit. Lastly, if you have reversible clothing, you should definitely pack them, too.
It's fun to spend hours and hours in the water, but you must remember that keeping your skin healthy is important, too. Beach trips may cause sunburn, dehydration, and heat stroke without the proper precautions. Don't forget to pack sunscreen broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Choose the water resistant type and apply generously on your skin, even during cloudy weather. A trendy pair of sunglasses and a summer hat can also protect your eyes and your face from the sun's damaging rays.
Don't let your fun summer memories slip away. Bring your camera and capture every moment of your adventures. For more fun pics at the beach, consider bringing a waterproof camera. If you don't have one, bring your regular camera and a waterproof container. This way, you can still take pictures underwater.
As summer is also bug season, mosquitoes and flies are abundant in some tropical areas. To make sure the insects don't bother you or make you sick, pack natural insect repellent sprays or lotions. It would also help to bring light clothes that can cover your arms and legs, especially during dusk and dawn.
Getting sick on vacation is one of the worst things that could happen, but it's always important to come prepared. Don't let any health issue come in the way of your adventures with a kit small enough to contain a few medications, bandages, scissors, and an antiseptic. You'll be needing this in case of allergies, motion sickness, colds, and minor cuts.
Don't forget your iPod or MP3 player to pump up the jam while you're at the beach. These gadgets can also keep you company during long airplane flights or car trips. A tablet will come in handy, too. Make sure to load it up with plenty of good ebooks and movies. It's less bulky than bringing a bag full of paperbacks! One more important thing: don't forget their chargers!
Whether going to the local beach or staying at an all-inclusive resort, this cheat sheet will remind yourself of what to pack for a fun summer beach escapade!